Editorials

Trend toward 'big' not always better

October 07, 2019 at 9:25 am

America losing something important with decline of family farms and mom-and-pop shops.THE IMMEDIATE TOPIC when U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue came to Wisconsin last week was the hastening disappearance of small family dairy farms h...

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Keep the focus where it belongs

September 30, 2019 at 9:52 am

Public officials should not overreact, even if provoked.SOME FIGHTS JUST aren't worth fighting. The Beloit school board's flirtation with restricting citizen comments at regular board meetings falls into that category.We don't buy into the ...

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Partisanship, and decency

September 30, 2019 at 9:52 am

Guilt or innocence shouldn't hinge on the "R" or "D" label.AS THE OLD SAYING goes: "Let's not get out over our skis."Whether it's the older issues like the Mueller report or the newer stunner with a whistleblower complaint, a national deep ...

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Give our seniors reasons to stay

September 23, 2019 at 9:33 am

Wisconsin should make itself more appealing to seniors and retirees.WISCONSIN GOV. TONY EVERS is worried about people being unprepared for retirement - and he should be. So should everyone else, because statistics indicate millions of Ameri...

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On guns, Evers' dumb mistake

September 23, 2019 at 9:34 am

Opportunity for meaningful reforms can be lost through overreach.GOV. TONY EVERS wants Wisconsin to consider a mandatory buyback of assault weapons from owners in the state.That's just dumb, on multiple levels.First, it's not going to happe...

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Most important educator for kids

September 16, 2019 at 9:53 am

As a new team takes the field, parents are still the key to success.EDUCATORS OFTEN REMIND non-educators that reading too much into school test scores should be avoided. Let's stipulate that last week's Wisconsin Department of Public Instru...

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Capitol Report Elections Commission spokesman disputes claims

September 16, 2019 at 9:54 am

Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Mangey is strongly disputing the notion that the practice of auditing election ballots by running them through vote tabulation devices is problematic.WisPolitics.com recently reported that vote ...

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Support markets for US farmers

September 09, 2019 at 9:59 am

Government causes the problems, then raids treasury for fixes.TIMES ARE TOUGH on America's farms these days and it's not all due to President Trump's ill-advised trade war with China, though losing agriculture's biggest market for selling g...

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A little jail time says it's serious

September 09, 2019 at 9:59 am

Relatively meaningless fines won't rein in digital excess.MOST PEOPLE, HEARING a company had been fined $170 million, likely would think, "Whew! That's a lot of money."Well, not necessarily.Last week Google - which owns YouTube - agreed to ...

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Eminent domain, and your property

September 03, 2019 at 10:10 am

As the law stands, if government wants you out, start packing.THE CASE IS KNOWN as Kelo v. City of New London (Connecticut), and it was decided by a narrow 5-4 margin of the U.S. Supreme Court in 2005.The issue before the bar involved emine...

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